Joan Rivers Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled
Joan Rivers’ family has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, the Manhattan clinic where the comedian died in September 2014 after going into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed, but it’s reportedly in the tens of millions of dollars range.
As Gossip Cop reported, Melissa Rivers filed a malpractice suit in January 2015 against the medical center and several of the doctors who treated her mom, insisting that a series of unprofessional errors led to the comedian’s death. The suit cited the staff as being negligent, distracted by Rivers’ fame and violating protocols in an effort to please Rivers.
Among the issues that related to the clinic’s alleged mishandling of Rivers’ medical emergency, according to the lawsuit, was the failure to perform a tracheotomy and a 12-minute delay in calling 911. Additionally, one of the doctors working on Rivers wasn’t authorized to be in the surgery room, while another snapped photos of her lying on the operating table.
Following the settlement, Melissa Rivers released a statement expressing her relief at being “able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation.”